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Ben An shares his thoughts on LIV pros not being able to play in the Presidents Cup

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While speaking with GolfWRX, Ben An discussed whether or not he believes LIV players should be allowed to play in the Presidents Cup.

“Well, it would be a great addition to the team, but I feel like we’re missing Cam (Smith), (Joaquin) Niemann and maybe Dean Burmester. He’s been playing great and I saw last week he was playing some good golf.”

An added that the absence of the LIV pros is also a blow to the U.S. side as well, but that the rules are the rules.

“But, you know, it’s just the, just the rules of now, right? You know, it sucks for not having the team, but it’s kind of the same for the U.S. team, right? They’re missing a few players as well.

“We need to have a win in our national team, but it’s up to Mike and the PGA tour to decide. So it’s run by the PGA Tour, not the PGA of America, like the Ryder Cup.”

However, An stated that he doesn’t expect any changes to the rules for the upcoming 2024 Presidents Cup.

“So, you know, as of now, I mean, this year, I don’t see it happening. But hopefully, like I said, we’ll figure something out, we’ll figure this merger, or something out in the next few years and hopefully see them in the team because they, like you said, they’re great players, they will miss out.

“But I think even the teams we have right now, I think it’s pretty good. Playing in Canada will help us this year, you know, we’ll see what happens…We’ll miss them, but hopefully we have a strong enough team to compete against the U.S. team this year.”

Check out the interview in full below.

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‘He’s going to rule the world’ – Major champ tips Ludvig Aberg to overtake Scottie Scheffler

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While speaking on his “Beemer’s Best Bets” podcast, golf analyst Rich Beem said he believes Ludvig Aberg could soon challenge Scottie Scheffler to be the best player in the world.

“He’s going to rule the world. He’s going to be world number one at some point in time. I think he’s going to overtake Scottie Scheffler believe it or not. It’s just a matter of him getting out there and seeing golf courses.

In another, couple, three years, this guy is going to be unbeatable. I mean he’s got such a great attitude about the game and a swing that you’d just love to fall out of bed with every day.”

 

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Aberg will attempt to stop Scottie’s reign beginning this week at the U.S. Open.

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‘Why don’t you f**k off?’ – Ian Poulter loses it with fan at LIV Golf Houston

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On Wednesday, the X account “Drunk By The Turn” shared a video of LIV golfer Ian Poulter getting into an altercation with a fan last week at LIV Houston.

Poulter told the fan, “Why don’t you f*** off?”

The fan responded “I’m just saying hi!” to which Poulter replied “f*** off” once again.

“I suggest you shut the f*** up”, Poulter added.

“Drunk By The Turn” added that the fan had been harassing Poulter prior to the exchange.

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USGA chief reveals ‘real interest’ in driver as part of distance rollback plan

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While speaking ahead of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, the CEO of the USGA, Mike Whan, addressed the distance issue in golf.

While most of the conversation thus far has centered around the golf ball, Whan said that the driver may be next.

“I would say comfortably speaking for both Martin (Slumbers of the R&A) and I, we had and have a real interest in figuring out a way to provide a difference as it relates to the driver, as well.

“To date, we didn’t really come up with something that wouldn’t have a much more negative effect on the recreational game. What we did on the golf ball is going to have much more of an impact at [the elite] level than at the average level. When we started talking about changes in the driver or driving equipment, it was just the opposite. Much more significant impact across the board than just at the elite level.

“I think we said this when we announced [in December], and if we didn’t, I will just tell you, we shelved it for now because we thought it was time to make a decision and put it on there, but we didn’t retire the idea. We just didn’t, quite frankly, have an idea that we believed was worthy of going to the market yet. But I would just put a ‘yet’ on that statement.”

The potential non-conforming list for drivers could impact amateurs, but it’s also possible that a Model Local Rule could be put in place to make sure the equipment modifications would only impact the game at the professional level.

Specifics aside, it seems that as of now it would be a safe bet to expect some changes with the driver in the not-too-distant future.

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